1. Soap industry still won't come clean on triclosan

    Soap special interests getting hands dirty in triclosan fight

    Practice medicine as long as I did, and you'll see plenty of faces that only a mother could love. But right now, a million-dollar mama bear is rushing to save her butt-ugly baby from the jaws of the big, bad FDA.

    She's got her teeth showing and she's ready to throw her influence all over Capitol Hill. And I hope you're up for a little bear hunt -- because I'm betting our spineless government isn't.

    The American Cleaning Institute, the filthy rich trade group that represents about 90% of the U.S. cleaning products industry, is getting ready for a tooth-and-nail fight against what may FINALLY be the end of disease-causing triclosan.

    I've been fighting triclosan so long, I have scars on my knuckles. Triclosan is loaded into many of the popular antibacterial soaps you'll find on the market today, and it's been linked to everything from heart disease to cancer -- even though it's no more effective than regular soap and water.

    But when Washington special interest groups have to choose between money and your health, they'll take the cash every time.

    The FDA is considering new rules that would force manufacturers to defend the use of triclosan -- or pull it off the market. And the ACI is up in a lather. Their lobbyists are arguing to anyone who will listen that triclosan is safe and they've even launched a sham "Fight Germs Now" campaign meant to sell folks like you on this poison.

    Well, don't sit around waiting for Uncle Sam to act. Minnesota already banned triclosan, and you can implement your own personal ban, starting today. Keeping clear of triclosan just may give you something these soap peddlers can never promise.

  2. Antibacterial chemical could get banned

    FDA triclosan 'action' is 40 years too late

    If foot-dragging were art, the FDA would have its own wing at the Met.

    More than 40 years after being ordered by Congress to take action on triclosan, a dangerous pesticide used in antibacterial soaps, the agency is finally getting ready to ban the stuff.


    The FDA -- still dragging its feet -- has given the companies that make triclosan one last chance to prove it's both safe and effective. (Get ready for some of the most twisted "science" you've ever seen.)

    The feds say that if they're not happy with the answers, they could finally -- maybe -- ban triclosan, but not until 2016 at the earliest.

    Yes, even more foot-dragging. On the other hand, that's positively speedy when you consider that the agency was first ordered to act on this chemical all the way back in 1972, and first concluded there was no evidence for its safety or effectiveness in 1978.

    Don't wait for the feds to (maybe) act. It's time to launch a triclosan ban in your own home if you haven't already, because studies show that this chemical can penetrate the skin and enter your bloodstream.

    And once inside, it treats your body the way the Goths treated Rome.

    It can invade the brain and disrupt communication to your muscles. It can attack the heart and diminish function by as much as 25 percent. And it can positively sack your endocrine system, altering thyroid, testosterone and estrogen. That, in turn, can lead to everything from development problems in kids to sexual dysfunction in adults. (Read this free report for more dirt on the "clean" chemical.)

    Getting rid of it is not as easy as it sounds as triclosan has been dumped into everything: soaps, sanitizers, toothpaste, shaving cream, lipstick and more. It's so common, the CDC estimates that 75 percent of us have triclosan running wild in our bodies right now.

    Best way to put yourself in the other 25 percent is to ditch anything that says "antibacterial" and read all labels closely. And when it comes time to wash your hands, stick to plain old nonbacterial soap and water.

  3. Lakes overflowing with antibacterial chemical

    Minnesota lakes are found to have high levels of triclosan, a chemical pesticide found in antibacterial soaps and other products.
  4. Toxic ingredients in common soaps

    Common soap ingredients can kill sperm and damage the female babymaking equipment -- and now, a lawsuit-happy environmental group is suing the feds over it.
  5. Antibacterial madness could be killing us

    We're so clean we're filthy. In fact, we're washing our way towards illness and death.
  6. PSA fails its test

    Dutch and Swedish researchers found that even though more frequent screening increased the number of tumors detected, the PSA failed to reduce the number of aggressive tumors that appeared between screenings.

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